Harry Dresden on Elevators

My office is in a building in midtown Chicago. It’s an older building, and not in the best of shape, especially since there was that problem with the elevator last year. I don’t care what anyone says, that wasn’t my fault. When a giant scorpion the size of an Irish wolfhound is tearing its way through the roof of your elevator car, you get real willing to take desperate measures.— Jim Butcher, Grave Peril … [Read more...]

You Must Be Full of Demons

There are many things I might be full of, but this isn't one of them.

“You must be full of demons!"It was something like that, anyway. “I’m not going to listen to you. You must be full of demons. I’m going to listen to Jesus Christ. I’m not going to listen to you."Jane and I spent a couple of days in Las Vegas this past weekend; and on Friday evening after the show (Le Rêve, an excellent show I’d recommend to anyone) we were coming down an escalator from one of the pedestrian skyways that dot the Strip, and at the bottom was an evangelism squad. Th … [Read more...]

Review: Weber’s Star Kingdom Series


As readers of David Weber’s Honor Harrington series know, Honor Harrington is accompanied everywhere she goes by a telepathic treecat named Nimitz. Nimitz has six legs (two of which end in hands), a long tail, and a vaguely feline appearance, including retractable claws to die from, and usually rides on Honor's shoulder. Treecats are native to Honor Harrington’s home planet of Sphinx, and individual treecats have been bonding with humans since about 50 years after Sphinx was colonized.At on … [Read more...]

Today’s Aquinas: Creation Reflects God’s Perfection

"So, you're telling me that I exemplify a perfection found in God?"

We’re blogging through St. Thomas Aquinas’ Compendium Theologiae, sometimes called his Shorter Summa. Find the previous posts here.Not only is there no imperfection in God's infinity, says Thomas in Chapter 21 of the Compendium Theologiae, but He is necessarily more perfect than anything finite.  And this has an obvious consequence:The further inference clearly follows that all perfections found in anything at all must originally and superabundantly be present in God. Whatever moves somet … [Read more...]

Eagle Project: Operation Gratitude (UPDATED)


Goal: 1000 letters.  Final Total: 845.  Publicity Ended: January 31, 2015. Project Ended: February 9, 2015.When we started we were hoping for a minimum of 250 letters; 1000 was a goal we hardly hoped to approach. By the end of Saturday, January 31st we'd had a groundswell all the way to 595! We expected to get a few stragglers coming in, and end with a total just over 600. Instead the letters kept coming in, and we ended at 845! This is a massive success.Of those, about 100 came … [Read more...]

O Christmas Cow!

Santa Cow

Jane and I have been arguing where we first heard this bit of Christmas goofiness. I seem to recall running into it on Usenet; she seems to recall having heard it from a fellow she worked for for a while who was a big-wig in the dairy industry. Either way (or possibly both), it's sung to the tune of "O Christmas Tree", and it goes like this:O Christmas Cow, O Christmas Cow,     You bring us lovely cheeses. O Christmas Cow, O Christmas … [Read more...]

How I Pray: Me


Tom McDonald has been doing a series of interview posts with on-line Catholics on the subject "How I Pray" over at his blog, "God and the Machine", and somehow I crept into the Machine's hopper. Go give it a look!But ignore the goofy picture; everyone knows I really look like this:(Yeah, I know, not blogging, downtime, Christmas week, yadda yadda yadda.)____ photo credit: mcn2zst via photopin cc … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas, Every One!

I'm most unusually going to take some time off from blogging this week, and enjoy being home with the family. May you and yours have a most blessed Christmas; and if you don't celebrate Christmas, may this season still be everything you hope for, within the limits of the law and the well-being of your neighbors.I might pop in now and then over the next week or so; but if not, see you in the New Year! … [Read more...]

Poe and the Carol of the Bells

Just in time for Christmas, here's Trans-Siberian Orchestra with a tune called "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24", which strikes me as a sort of unholy cross between "The Carol of the Bells" and Edgar Allan Poe's "The Bells". I hasten to add, there's no actual Poe here; but I can't listen to this without thinking of the Brazen Bells:Hear the loud alarum bells, Brazen bells! What a tale of terror, now, their turbulency tells! In the startled ear of night How they … [Read more...]